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Hey Mom, You Should Know…

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

…I Kept the Bedspread. Remember the one that matched that wacky green carpet and odd gold walls in the new house on Cleveland Street? You laid it across your bed one day: mauve and pale pink flowers on a leafy background of green and gold along with a plaid pattern in muted shades of maroon. It matched the flooring and walls perfectly, as if the room had been decorated around that spread. After we admired it for most of one morning, I helped you roll it up and stuff it into the plastic sack. We shoved it back in the top of your closet. “I don’t want to get it dirty,” you told me. “I’ll use it someday.” That someday never came. It seems impossible that over ten years have passed without you. I still have boxes and boxes of your stuff. We sold your red Ford LTD for $3000 and that was the exact amount the movers charged me to move your entire household into the storage area of our office building. I didn’t feel like going through it then. Maybe someday I’ll find the time to sift  through your treasures. Perhaps I will ask the boys to help me. And by the way, your grandsons have grown into fine young men. I...

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Trouble in Texas: Horse Thieves

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

A wild west adventure story, which all begins because of a missing horse. Click Here: Buy it now! Click on the BOOKS Tab at the top of the page for more details about the book. I’m releasing the first two chapters of my new book exclusively to my Email Newsletter subscribers. For most writers, creating a book can be an intensive, lengthy process and that’s just the writing part. The next step is the submission process which can be just as grueling. This is true about my book set in frontier Texas, a story that first formed in my mind in 2009. The main character came to me in a dream, in part because of a question from my then elementary aged son. He was studying westward expansion and had read a brief statement about lawmen and hanging criminals in the Wild West. The lawless frontier has fascinated countless generations, and sentencing outlaws to hang, most especially horse thieves, is a real and horrible part of U.S. history. After the Civil War gangs of outlaws took what they needed, ravaging and stealing from frontier families whose livelihood depended on their horses, mules and livestock. Horses have a long history of partnering with humans from providing transportation to hauling goods, and even playing a valuable role...

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Another Cowboy Rides Away

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” ~JOHN WAYNE We sat through a well-attended memorial service this week for one of our ranching neighbors who  passed away suddenly in a tragic accident. The service was delayed for several minutes because of a wreck that blocked one of the main roads into this small Texas Panhandle town. The Minister had heard that several people were stuck on the road behind the...

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Lorenzo De Zavala & His Fight against Opression

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017

Remembering a leader and freedom fighter for the Texas Republic in March 1836, 181 years ago a free Texas declared independence from Mexico. The kids and I took a tour of the Texas Capitol building in Austin last summer. This impressive domed structure is made of sunset red granite from a local quarry. Sitting on 2.25 acres, it contains 360,000 square feet (33,000 m2) and has nearly four hundred rooms. The central rotunda features portraits of every person who has served as...

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